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The Deep (2013)

The Deep (2013)




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A Norwegian fisherman survives a shipwreck at sea, and wrestles with the guilt of being the sole survivor while being celebrated as a national hero in this affecting drama based on actual events. Iceland, Westman Islands: 1984. Gulli (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and his crew of seasoned seamen welcome a new cook into the fold before sailing out to sea on what appears to be a typical fishing excursion. With a chill in the air, the crew casts their nets into the frigid waters in hopes of netting a big catch. But when the net gets snagged, the boat capsizes, plunging the terrified crew into the icy, churning depths. Incredibly, as the rest of the crew parishes, Gulli somehow summons the strength to keep swimming until he reaches the shore. Later, as Gulli recovers, scientists speculate that no mortal man should have been able to survive such harsh conditions, and take him to a London research center for a battery of physical tests. Meanwhile, on the outside, the stout sailor becomes a symbol of national pride for a country that had endured great hardships over the past century. Haunted by the events of that fateful night, Gulli later returns home to comfort the children of his best friend and fellow sailor, and remember how it feels to lead a normal life.
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Björn Thors
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Critic Reviews for The Deep

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

Kormakur's film suggests that the enigma of Gulli can somehow be found in his peasant humility, his connections to his community.

Full Review… | August 9, 2013
Globe and Mail
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Even knowing the outcome ... doesn't diminish the intensity and awe of watching it recreated in this deftly framed docudrama by prodigious Icelandic auteur Kormakur.

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
Toronto Star
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Baltasar Kormakur's latest is a touching, low-key depiction of an incident in which a fishing boat sinks a few miles from shore.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
Top Critic

Director Baltasar Kormákur filmed on an actual trawler, which he sank, and its authentic-looking scenes will leave you shivering and reaching for a cardy.

Full Review… | July 9, 2013
Time Out
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While filmed on the sea for the first half, the pic is powerful. Problem is when it goes ashore for the second half it loses some of its power.

Full Review… | October 1, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...the film is rarely, if ever, as captivating as one might've expected and/or hoped.

Full Review… | September 1, 2013
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The Deep is probably a movie which will disgust you and make you sea-sick after a point, but at its best it is also a very moving film of ordinary, inexplicable survival.

Garrett Cash
Garrett Cash

No clue how this got in my que or how it has a 96% rating as its not really a mind blowing movie. Also very hard to watch half of it as it was graded like mud and is so dark that you cant see half of whats going on or what has happened.

Jason Kraynek
Jason Kraynek

A film of two halves; the first gripping and involving, the second wandering and melancholic, and honestly it's a bit of a slog towards the end (though rooted in a true story, The Deep's sudden change in direction is never really successful). The lead performance is fairly bland but the excellent photography is a huge plus.

Daniel Parsons
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